The early signing deadline now sits just fifteen days away and on Tuesday afternoon, the Tar Heels added their eighteenth commitment of the 2021 class that is expected to sign early. 2021 3✮ TE Bryson Nesbit announced via his social media on Tuesday afternoon that he was committing to Mack Brown and the Tar Heels following an in-person self-guided tour of the campus earlier in the day. The Tar Heels fought back from the early momentum that South Carolina had established due to the ties with his family and staved off a late push from UCLA to land his commitment.
Nesbit, the No. 16 tight end in the 2021 class and the No. 22 player in the state of North Carolina, is set to play his senior season at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina beginning in February as he looks to build on a promising first season playing football. In 2019, Nesbit led a struggling South Meck team in receiving with a little over 500 yards receiving and five touchdowns on his way to earning first-team All-So Meck 7 honors and third-team All-Charlotte Observer honors.
As we mentioned, 2019 was Nesbit's first season playing football, so he is an extremely rawe prospect, but there is a lot to like about his game. The best part of his game is his ability to go up and get the football, something that could allow him to be a red zone threat similar to Brandon Fritts prior to the two ACL injuries that ended his career. His frame is impressive and should be easy to build upon once he gets on campus, but he is extremely raw as an in-line blocker, so he will have some areas that he’ll have to improve upon when he arrives. He has reliable hands and a big catch radius that gives him plenty of opportunity to become what the Tar Heels have lacked since Eric Ebron left campus, a consistent receiving threat at tight end.
With the commitment, the Tar Heels now have eighteen prospects committed to the 2021 class, fifteen of which are currently ranked inside of the top 500 prospects in the country according to 247Sports. Fourteen of the commitments come from the state of North Carolina, including twelve of the top 25 prospects overall in the state in the 2021 cycle. While Nesbit was seen as the last major target in the class for the last few months, that may no longer be the case.